Fiction Friday: Temptation (Eid al-Fitr Special)

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this summer.

To begin, I’m not someone who practices Islam. I wasn’t born under it and I barely know anything about it. But I do enjoy stories based around culture outside of the states (especially creative tales) so I figured I’d give this a go.

Today’s story is Temptation, by Karuna Riazi, narrated by Farah Naz Rishi. You can listen here. This is a very good tale about, what else, temptation. More specifically the desire to eat during a fasting period, which most religions are known for. The idea is to basically starve yourself (or give something up) for a set period, typically several hours to a full day.

For healthcare, this is normal. Being tied to religion, however, can have damaging consequences. So let’s get into it. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Temptation (Eid al-Fitr Special)”

Fiction Friday: The Letter Mage

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this summer. Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of … Continue reading Fiction Friday: The Letter Mage

June 2019 Status Update

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season.

Legends of Eifalia Book One Progress

26 Chapters Total. Working on Post-Beta Draft.

Structure Draft Word Count: 58,364

Will resume soon.

 

The Daughter of Dragons Progress

Restarted Draft

Rough Draft: 11,152 words

Anticipated release: Late 2019

 

Short Story Anthology Progress

(Progress begins soon)

3 stories in the rough draft phase, totaling over 14,000 words

Anticipated release: TBA

It’s June 2019. Hope you’re working off those burgers and hot dogs and such. Continue reading “June 2019 Status Update”

Fiction Friday: Unstoppable (Gardner Dozois In-Memoriam Special)

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Unstoppable by Gardner Dozois.

Fiction Friday: Unstoppable

 

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I can’t say that I’m all that familiar with Gardner Dozois’s works. The only thing I know was that he died last month. Searching for something to read this week, it didn’t occur to me that his final story (at least I think it’s his last) appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction. So, in “better late than never” fashion, time for another in-memoriam special.

Today’s short story is Unstoppable by Gardner Dozois, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can find it here. This is a fairy-tale type story that one would think was a legend. A legend of an evil king who sought too much power and in turn created a recipe for disaster. So let’s find out the tale of Kalgrin, the evil king.

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Playing with Imagination: Detroit: Become Human

Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

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Playing with Imagination: Detroit: Become Human

Ever since games like Dragon’s Lair, the concept of an “Interactive Story” has become pretty popular. Of course, you have game genres like First Person Shooter, RPGs, Platformers and Sports games that are still made, but this genre has both fans and detractors. Some enjoy the idea of playing a story, enjoying the narrative and drama, while some don’t see the point in making a cutscene video game, even though most of these games do let you control the character.

Quantic Dream has made its name for gripping tales, ever since Indigo Prophecy AKA Fahrenheit and making it big with Heavy Rain, their magnum opus. Their recent venture is a sci-fi story called Detroit: Become Human. This might be one of their best adventures in a while and contains one hell of a tale. I won’t give all of it away, but I will give my thoughts so far. So let’s get into it.

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Fiction Friday: Tie Goes to the Runner

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Tie Goes to the Runner by Russell Nichols.

Fiction Friday: Tie Goes to the Runner

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I like baseball. I like aliens, too. I also like aliens playing baseball. That’s today’s story. I’m talking about Tie Goes to the Runner, by Russell Nichols, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine, previously in the Night Lights anthology. You can find it here. If you’re familiar with the classic film “The Sandlot” (”You’re killing me, Smalls!”) it’s like that, but with an alien.

So, let’s begin.

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